Master looper Andre LaFosse is setting up a Patreon campaign to fund his posting of looping lessons on YouTube. If you are at all interested in the art of looping, you might want to check him out and contribute to his campaign.
Modern guitar fans in the Los Angeles area on Sunday September 1rst are urged to check out Andre LaFosse do his amazing live-turntable guitar performance at the monthly Brilliant Strings show.
People love lists; at least the majority of publications seem to think so. They stir up controversy, which attracts attention. Thus I feel almost obligated to offer a year’s best list, for this, our first year of publication.
Keep in mind that the top twelve, listed in no particular order, merely represents the recordings, released this year (ish), that I found myself returning to over the course of time. In the spirit of Guitar Moderne, I list them primarily to incite readers to check them out. They by no means are meant to be an “objective” list of the “best” recordings of the year, but only the ones that I heard and personally responded to—my best, if you will. They very much reflect my own taste and your list will undoubtedly vary. By all means chime in and let me know what you think I missed.
Electric guitar sounds do not exist in a vacuum. Rock guitar tones were changed forever by Eric Clapton’s Bluesbreaker revelation. In Fusion, Larry Carlton and Robben Ford had a huge impact. Terje Rypdal provided inspiration for a generation of Scandinavian players (and a few Americans). More recently Bill Frisell has influenced the sound of some jazz guitarists. Few guitarists, though, have mined the sonic aspect of late Jeff Beck; Phil Brown comes to mind, and now Andre LaFosse. While Brown has taken off from Beck’s whammy bar manipulation madness to forge his own sound, LaFosse’s current dual releases reference El Becko’s more melodic side (The Hard Bargain) and synth integration (Do The Math) while maintaining a musical voice that is distinctively LaFosse.